According to the president of Ukraine's atomic agency Energoatom, Petro Kotin, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was "on the brink of a nuclear and radioactive accident" tonight due to a complete blackout of the plant, which was resolved this morning. "The (Russian) occupiers are not interested in the safety of the plant" and "will continue to create dangerous situations, blackmailing the whole world with nuclear and radioactive accidents," Kotin said.
According to what Energoatom explained on Telegram, last night "there was a complete blackout at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant", after "there was an interruption in the Zaporizhzhya TPP - Ferosplavna power transmission line with a voltage of 330 kV, through which the station received power from the Ukrainian power grid". And at 02:31 local time, "the last 750 kV line 'Zaporizka NPP - Dniprovska' also deactivated during an air alert."
In connection with the complete blackout, "the plant switched to powering its needs with diesel generators: all 20 diesel generators were activated; automatically, 8 of which were subsequently left in operation." "Thanks to the efforts of Ukrainian specialists, at 7 a.m. on December 2, the connection to the Ukrainian electricity system was restored" and "the operation of
the 750 kV electricity transmission line."
For the Ukrainians, the biggest security threat is posed by the plant's Unit 4, which according to Kotin "is being kept in a warm state, contrary to nuclear and radioactive safety rules and regulations, by operating the reactor plant and the complex power plant in a way that was not designed."
Energoatom "appeals to the international community to commit to bringing the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant back under the full control of Ukraine as soon as possible, because this is the only way to ensure the safe operation of Europe's largest nuclear plant," the Ukrainian company concludes.
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